How GSA Is Addressing the Unrealistic Expectations of Small Businesses

by Lara Petry

Most government contractors and industry professionals are familiar with the lengthy cycle involved with pursuing large multiple award contracts. Often times, a large MAC nears the end of its period of performance and the respective contracting organization recycles the performance work statement ... Read & React

Here's What Happens to our Brains When Men and Women Work Together

by Katherine Ellen Foley

We all cooperate, but not in the same ways. And now, neuroscience shows that at least some of those differences may be based on sex. A study published Tuesday in Scientific Reports from researchers at Stanford University showed that different parts of men and women’s brains activated when working ... Read & React

Five Reasons You Should Rip the Band-Aid Off Fast

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Unless you’re a sociopathic (and I’m sure none of my readers are), you probably don’t enjoy delivering bad news. It could be announcing that the quarterly numbers aren’t on target, letting someone know that they underperformed, admitting that you made a mistake or telling someone that they no ... Read & React

Let Us Now Celebrate America's Incredibly Low Productivity

Put your feet up, America. Just released numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows U.S. worker productivity declining during the first three months of the year at a 0.6 percent pace, as measured by GDP per hour worked. That’s not as steep as the 1 percent drop that was the initial ... Read & React

If You Want Government Programs to Work, Think Like a Designer

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

While it’s relatively new in the digital world, design thinking was actually pioneered years ago in government. For example, the Clinton-Gore Reinventing Government initiative sponsored a pilot called “Oregon Option,” where nine federal programs for child health services were combined in Oregon to ... Read & React

Here’s the Best Day and Time to Hold a Meeting

by Oliver Staley

Meetings are a ubiquitous feature of office life, much disparaged yet still indispensable for most organizations. But given how much time we spend in meetings—17% of the work week, according to one survey—we rarely consider the best time to schedule them. If you want to make sure everyone can be ... Read & React

Why Top Executives Keep Employees in The Dark

by Dannielle Blumenthal Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

Have you ever noticed that most organizations don't spend a lot of time telling you how they get things done? Typically, very little information is available explicitly: Our management guru of choice: Is it Steve Jobs, Jack Welch, Tom Peters, Peter Drucker, or someone else? What books do we read, ... Read & React

Government as a Platform: Putting the Pieces Together

This is the final article in a series that examines case studies and model architecture for government as a platform, or GaaP. Government as a Platform is both a consumer and provider of services. As such, it is encased in an API layer that is able to consume services and data from a variety of ... Read & React

We Should All Emulate the Leadership Skills of This 10-Year-Old Boss on 'Game of Thrones'

Bella Ramsey plays the young leader on the show.
by Adam Epstein

Sunday on Game of Thrones, we found out who should truly win the Iron Throne, and it’s not Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, Tyrion Lannister, or any of the other major characters on the HBO show. Rather, it’s a 10-year-old girl named Lyanna Mormont, who displayed more toughness and ... Read & React

Plan to Improve Government Performance Would Actually Undercut Progress

by Donald Moynihan

Because they lack a profit-based bottom line, we often assume that federal agencies also lack a natural spur to innovate. But that misses one key source of change, which is that Congress and presidents tend to hold strong beliefs about the need to reform government. A permanent sense of ... Read & React

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